Boeing hits a quarterly production record: 197 jets
Boeing (NYSE: BA) hit a new company record in the second quarter, delivering 197 jets from its factories from April through June.
Driving the record was the Renton plant’s production of 128 model 737s, which made up 65 percent of Boeing’s total output. The 737 ramped up slightly from its next-highest delivery quarter, the fourth quarter of 2014, when Renton delivered 126.
Smooth aircraft assembly is at the center of Chicago-based Boeing’s current mission as it works down a record seven years of backlog and works to control costs.
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“Our customers are in a competitive world, asking for more for less,” said Kent Fisher, vice president of supplier management, at a briefing last month. “They want better-performing products for less money.”
The other two key jetliners that Boeing is making, the wide-body 787 and 777, were also moving through the factories smoothly in the just-finished second quarter. Both were up slightly from the second quarter of 2014, with 777s up by two to 26, and 787s up by four to 34.